Don’t just drive by these eye-catching murals. Add some color to your Instagram feed. Color the Creek started in 2016 and has brought professional artists to Battle Creek for more than 25 murals to inspire you.
Here are 10 of our favorite spots:
637 Capital Ave. SW
Street artist Remote’s prism design is like a burst of light and color.
655 Capital Ave. SW
Justin Suarez, known by his artist name Mr. Prvrt, painted a photo-realistic Great Horned Owl.
1015 W. Territorial Road
There’s a chance you’ve seen the work of Battle Creek native Jaziel Pugh around town. “Float Like a Butterfly,” inspired by Muhammed Ali, is one of our favorite murals that he’s done.
69 Calhoun St.
Werc wanted to create a conversation about GMOs, which are part of Kellogg’s cereal. His work also caught the attention of Founder’s Brewing, for sharing an image they use on their Breakfast Stout.
78 Calhoun St.
Detroit artist Sintex gave some swagger to the side of Umami Ramen. While you’re there, try a bowl of noodles or the popular loaded wontons. At least, until Umami moves to a bigger space, possibly by the end of 2019.
Corner of Capital Avenue Southwest and West Jackson Street
One of the murals that started it all, Sintex chose to honor a Battle Creek hero. Sojourner Truth is buried nearby, at Oak Hill Cemetery. This stunning mural is a fitting tribute.
44 W. Michigan Ave. (back of building)
Two great murals in one spot! Facing state street, artist Will “Greve” did a touching portrait of a girl painting her own mural with cartoon characters. Turn the corner of the building and you’ll find Christina Angelina’s two-story mural down the pathway.
397 Capital Ave. NE
Located on the side of La Placita, Nani Chacon wanted to bring light to "First Foods.” If you like her style, you should definitely follow her on Instagram, where her works are inspired by socio-political issues and Navajo art.
70 E. Michigan Ave.
Kimber Thompson’s homage to Battle Creek’s history is three stories high. It offers snapshots from the first troops at Camp Custer during World War I (when they were still using horses) to a Blackhawk flying over the modern Fort Custer.
56 E. Michigan Ave. (back of building)
Remember Justin’s owl? Here, he integrated a human element into the owl motif, along with giant, orange flowers. It’s around the corner from Sarah Rutherford's mural, which has an interesting story behind it. The “Her Voice Carries” series are portraits of real women in the towns where Rutherford paints. Eridana Nieves lives in Massachusetts, while a Battle Creek woman will be the subject of the artist’s next mural.
***Article written by freelance writer Annie Kelley.